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April 24, 2012
What are some of the dumb things you have done with e-mail?
April 24, 2012
News broke this weekend about the University of Florida's plans to restructure its computer science department.  What are the ramifications -- on the department, on the discipline -- of this decision?
April 24, 2012
In a recent post, David Roberts describes the downside of being reasonable during discussions about ecological sustainability and climate change. His main point is that in order to win (effectively, if not technically), all that unreasoning climate denialists have to do is to refuse to budge regardless of the evidence and logic against their position. Eventually, any reasonable person gets to the point of walking away or dismissing them as stupid or agreeing to disagree. Any of those leaves them as the last combatant in the arena, such that the last man standing wins by default.
April 23, 2012
A regular correspondent writes: "My state wants cc administrators to be able to change grades if faculty demonstrate 'error' or 'unfairness.'" 
April 23, 2012
When was the last time that you got angry with one of your edtech vendors? Did you express your anger to your contact at the company?
April 23, 2012
Graduate school can make you feel “less than,” but every step of grad school (and venturing beyond it) requires the knowledge of your unique advantages. When suffering from imposter syndrome or some other discouragement, take a lesson from Business and count your assets.  Otherwise known as counting your blessings, listing your assets can help you feel better, come to a better knowledge of yourself, and—best of all—it only takes a few minutes (no accounting required!).
April 23, 2012
I know I’ve said in the past that I like April, despite all the things that go on during that month. And I still do. But what I like least about April is filling out the college financial aid forms that are always due some time this month. (Well, except for the first time, when they were due on the 1st of February, before I’d even finished doing the taxes.)
April 23, 2012
Last week, I happened to pick up an old issue of National Geographic Magazine.  The cover story was on Ireland which, at the time of publication, was ramping itself up into "Celtic Tiger" mode.  The writer was focusing on how the increase in industrial, commercial and financial activity was affecting more traditional social values.  The phrase that caught my attention was him wondering "what more efficient nations do will all the time they're so busy saving."
April 23, 2012
How do you know if a student needs remediation? It isn’t as straightforward as it sounds.
April 22, 2012
In a good NYT analysis today, Quentin Hardy makes noteworthy points about Internet companies and their place in the world. Internet "builders of the technology barely understand the effect they are having, the regulators of the status quo can seem clueless" is the most succinct statement of how technology, the market, law and user experience interact at this time in history.  



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